Beezus and Ramona

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Four-year-old Ramona Quimby has an imagination that often leads to unintended trouble. She mortifies older sister Beezus at the library; disrupts an entire art class; and one rainy day, invites all her neighborhood friends over for a party—without even asking her mother.

Sometimes Beezus can be patient with Ramona. After all, they are sisters. But when Ramona almost ruins Beezus's birthday, it's the last straw. Beezus knows she ought to love Ramona—but how can she get along with someone so exasperating?

In this tale of two sisters, Beverly Cleary writes with sympathy for Beezus and affection for Ramona. Newly illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers, Beezus and Ramona proves that the Quimby girls don't have to be alike in order to be unforgettable.

Curriculet Details
13 Questions
28 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 4th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining characters from Greek mythology, steam shovels, and sewing terminology. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about point of view and foreshadowing. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of diction, structure, and character development. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Beezus and Her Little Sister

The mouth organ can be found all around the world and is known by many different names. It is seen in many different traditions. The most notable variations include the harmonica, the pan flute, and Asian free reed wind instruments.  (This annotation contains an image)
A steam shovel is a machine that lifts large amounts of dirt and soil. The machine is powered entirely by large amounts of steam. Here is a short video that shows a real steam shovel in action.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How would you describe Ramona to someone who hasn't met or read about her? 
The book series written about Ramona and Beezus focuses a great deal on these characters. Here is a short video about character development.  (This annotation contains a video)
In the Ramona and Beezus series, usually one of those two characters are the protagonist of the book. Here is a short video that explains protagonist and antagonist. (This annotation contains a video)
A modern librarian may deal with information in many formats including: books; electronic resources; magazines; newspapers; audio and video recordings; maps; photographs; bibliographic databases; and digital resources. The librarians that focus on children's and young adult books can be a big help when you're looking for something new to read.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Beezus not like other people laughing at Ramona? 
Ramona and Beezus often have external conflicts, like most siblings do. Here is a short video about the difference between internal and external conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)
Looking at the point of view of a story is an important way we learn more about the book. Here is a short video that explains point of view a bit more. (This annotation contains a video)
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In what point of view is the book Beezus and Ramona written? 
Every book's characters are either static or dynamic. Here is a short video about the differences in static and dynamic characters. Which type of character is Ramona? (This annotation contains a video)

2. Beezus and Her Imagination

Tone and mood are important parts of a story. Here is a short video that helps explain both terms.  (This annotation contains a video)
Before digital music files were created, people listened to music on a radio or with a phonograph. The phonograph, also called gramophone or record player, plays recordings either on a wax cylinder or on a circular vinyl album. Below you'll see two phonographs that play the earliest vinyl records available called 78s.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does the word "reluctantly" mean? 
Illustrations often help readers understand the scenes found within the story. Is the above picture how you imagined the scene from just the text? Do the characters have the same emotional responses as in the story? 
Pegasus is one of the best known mythological creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine stallion usually depicted as pure white in color.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Do you think Miss Robbins is right about Beezus working too hard? What example from this chapter helped you decide your answer? 
Tickling is the act of touching a part of the body so as to cause involuntary twitching movements and/or laughter.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 

3. Ramona and Ribsy

In most games of checkers, there are two players. The players are at opposite ends of the board. One player has dark pieces, and one player has light pieces. They take turns moving their pieces. Players move their pieces diagonally from one square to another square. When a player jumps over their opponent's (the other player's) piece, he takes that piece from the board.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why would Ramona hit the table with her tricycle? 
This sentence personifies Ribsy. Here is a short video that explains personification. (This annotation contains a video)
People end up getting locked out of rooms in their house with locks like these all the time. Luckily, there are easy ways to get them open once again even without a key. This person is trying to unlock this door using a straightened paper clip.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How do you think the characters will finally get inside the bathroom? What makes you think that? 
Tiddlywinks is an indoor game played on a flat felt mat with sets of small discs called "winks," a pot, which is the target, and a collection of squidgers, which are also discs. The objective of the game is to score points by sending your own winks into the pot and preventing the opponent from "squopping" your winks by placing your own winks on top of them.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Do you think Beezus is right when she thinks that  "sisters always like each other"? Why? 

4. Ramona and the Apples

This paragraph is an example of foreshadowing. Here is a short video that explains foreshadowing a bit more.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The sentence below is an example of what literary term?"Ramona took a single bite out of half a box of apples."  
Garnering attention is behaving in a way which is in pursuit of attention from others. Enjoying the attention of others is socially acceptable in some situations. In some instances, however, the need for attention can lead to difficulties and may highlight underlying ones.  (This annotation contains an image)
A basting stitch is essentially a straight stitch, sewn with long stitches and unfinished ends. The basting stitch is used for temporarily holding sandwiched pieces of fabric in place. The stitch is removed after the piece is finished.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

5. A Party at the Quimbys’

This chapter is full of imagery. Here is a short video that explains what imagery is and how to find it in a story. (This annotation contains a video)
A handkerchief, also called a hanky, is typically a hemmed square of thin fabric that can be carried in the pocket or purse. It is intended for personal hygiene purposes such as wiping one's face or blowing one's nose. A handkerchief is also sometimes used as a purely decorative accessory in a suit pocket. They were more commonly used before boxes of tissue paper were available to purchase.  (This annotation contains an image)
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From the events mentioned so far in this chapter, how would you describe Beezus and her mother? 
An attic is a space found directly below the pitched roof of a house or other building. As attics fill the space between the ceiling of the top floor of a building and the slanted roof, they are known for being awkwardly shaped spaces with exposed rafters and difficult-to-reach corners. Many times this space is used to store boxes and other items not currently in use.  (This annotation contains an image)
The themes of a book are important ways to explain what the book is about. Here is a short video about theme. (This annotation contains a video)
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What theme (or themes) have you recognized in Beezus and Ramona?  

6. Beezus’s Birthday

Creaming the sugar and butter is a common step in baking. Creaming simply means mixing your butter and sugar together until well blended, leaving you with a fluffy light yellow mix. (This annotation contains an image)
A bakery (or baker's shop) is an store that makes and sells flour-based food baked in an oven such as bread, cakes, pastries, and pies. Some bakeries are also cafes, serving coffee and tea to customers who wish to consume the baked goods while at the shop.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What is the meaning of the word "davenport"? 
Sacagawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman, who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition, acting as an interpreter and guide, in their exploration of the Western United States. She traveled thousands of miles from North Dakota to the Pacific Ocean between 1804 and 1806.  (This annotation contains an image)
An autograph book is a book for collecting the autographs of others. Traditionally they were exchanged among friends and classmates to fill with poems, drawings, personal messages, small pieces of verse, and other mementos.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What purpose do the highlighted sentences serve in the book?  
Quiz 3